France’s Gar­cia wins Tian­jin Open for irst ti­tle of 2018

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Sec­ond-seeded Caro­line Gar­cia won her irst tour­na­ment of the year with a 7-6 (7), 6-3 win over top-seeded Karolina Pliskova in the Tian­jin Open this week. It was the 16th-ranked Gar­cia’s irst ti­tle since she won back-to-back tro­phies at the Wuhan and Bei­jing tour­na­ments in Asia just over a year ago. The French­woman’s two ti­tles at the end of last sea­son earned her a spot in the year-end World Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion (WTA) Fi­nals in Sin­ga­pore. This year, the vic­tory in Tian­jin is not enough to put Gar­cia into a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive inal ap­pear­ance. Pliskova’s fail­ure to take the ti­tle also kept her from conirm­ing a berth in the WTA Fi­nals. Cur­rently in eighth place in the race to Sin­ga­pore, the Czech will have to wait out the re­sults from next week’s tour­na­ments in Lux­em­bourg and Moscow to see if she quali­ies for one of the two re­main­ing spots. Amer­i­can Sloane Stephens was conirmed as the sixth player to qual­ify for Sin­ga­pore this week. She joins Si­mona Halep, An­gelique Ker­ber, Naomi Osaka, Pe­tra Kvi­tova and Caro­line Woz­ni­acki as play­ers who have se­cured places for Sin­ga­pore.

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